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Rollerski practice sessions generally take place on Spen Valley
Greenway, Cleakheaton (but sometimes elsewhere). The meeting point is where the
Greenway goes over Whitechapel Road.
Free teaching and coaching is available in both classic and skating techniques.
New learners are most welcome. Rollerski practice is generally on most Thursday
evenings during the summer and some Saturday mornings in winter. Coaching should
be available most weeks but there may be some weeks when it will be just free skiing.
If this is your first time with the club and/ or you need to borrow club equipment,
please phone Martin Appleby in advance (see contacts page).
Rollerski "tours" are a fun day out. Think day out on a bicycle in pleasant company on a cycleway or very quiet roads somewhere nice - but on rollerskis! They are non-competitive! No-one gets left behind. If you need a rest, the leader will ensure that you get one if you make them aware. For more detail on tours that interest you please feel free to discuss this with Martin Appleby or Helen Bell (see contacts page). Members of the other clubs and associated cyclists are most welcome on our tours. Please contact the organiser if you are coming along.
On-snow skiing. If we have any snow in winter, outings will be arranged at short notice depending on when and where the snow falls, so keep in touch via Martin Appleby or other committee member. Ski Hire. The club has purchased several pairs of new no wax skis, which are available for hire to members. In addition, due to the generosity of various people, we also have three pairs of metal edged waxable touring skis and leather boots which are also available for hire.
EQUIPMENT HIRE: Both on snow and rollerskis can be hired from the club at a very reasonable price. £3 per session. £8 per weekend. Contact Martin Appleby.
We hope you will enjoy as many events as possible, including the walks, cycle rides, canoeing etc. And if that's not enough, we're always open to suggestions. Please note that some events may be re-arranged if the circumstances warrant it.
For National events generally, keep an eye on the Snowsport England (SSE) website and follow through "Cross Country" then "Calendar of Events" (may not be on first page). Click here for the opening page of Snowsport England's website (www.snowsportengland.org.uk)
For quick info on dates and contacts for SSE National Rollerski Courses see "Special Events" below.
SAFETY - When rollerskiing in public places, it is kindly requested that members show thoughtful consideration towards other people. Extreme care should be exercised with regard to speed and use of poles when approaching or being approached by others, especially in the vicinity of children, cyclists or animals. Please do not give anyone cause for complaint; otherwise, enjoy your rollerskiing.
The YDCCSC programme is below, including some events of other clubs, and SSE events. These may be changed at short notice if circumstances change, so please keep in touch.
Sat/Sun 6/7th HAYES SSE rollerski course
Sun 14th MALTON A cycle ride in the picturesque countryside of North Yorkshire. Contact John Anderson.
Sun 21st YORK A rollerski tour on the York to Selby cycleway organised by LAKELAND XC . Contact Michael and Helen Smith (via Martin Appleby).
Sun 4th MACCLESFIELD CANAL Canoeing in canadian canoes. No experience needed. Places are limited for this popular event, so please book early. Contact Helen Bell.
Wednesday 14th YDCCSC Committee Meeting.
Sat 17th LANCASTER A one hour rollerski race organised by LAKELAND XC Contact Michael and Helen Smith (via Martin Appleby).
Sun 18th CHESTER A rollerski tour alongside the river Dee, organised by MANCHESTER XC. Contact Chris Greene (via Martin Appleby).
Sat/Sun 24/25th HETTON/LYONS SSE rollerski course.
Thursday 29th SPEN VALLEY GREENWAY Final evening rollerski session.
Saturday 21st 10 am Kirkstall, Leeds. Roller ski training. Contact Martin Appleby for kit.
Sat/Sun 5/6th LANCASTER SSE roller ski weekend. Training with top class coaches. Contact Michael and Helen Smith (via Martin Appleby).
Saturday 12th 10 am Kirkstall, Leeds Roller ski training. Contact Martin Appleby.
Sunday 20th Barbondale and Kingsdale near Kirkby Lonsdale. Two short rollerski tours in two of the smaller and lesser known Dales, with lunch at a nearby cafe. Contact Martin Appleby.
Sat/Sun 26/27th Scotland. A cycle ride on the island of Bute. followed by a roller ski tour on Great Cumbrae island in the firth of Clyde. Organised by Brian Adams of the Western Track club, Glasgow.
Saturday 9th Harrogate/Ripley. A short roller ski tour on the recently opened Nidderdale cycleway. Contact Martin Appleby
Saturday 16th 10 am. Kirkstall, Leeds. Roller ski training. Contact Martin Appleby.
Early December. Another event may be planned for this month, depending on weather conditions.
Thursday 19th YDCCSC Christmas dinner, possibly at the Ring o' Bells Thornton, Bradford. Date and venue are flexible. Contact David Parkin.
Fri/Sat/Sun 17/18/19th Gearstones Lodge. Our annual weekend in upper Ribblesdale , the ideal antidote to Christmas and new year excess. Contact Helen Bell
2nd-9th Akaslompolo/Yllas Finland Annual club holiday, this year with Tyneside Loipers. We will shortly commence booking. Anyone interested should get in touch as soon as possible. Contact Martin Appleby. See also Club Holiday page.
30th March-6th April Kvitavatn, Norway. SSE on snow training course. After a years break SSE will again be running an on snow training course for cross country skiers with top class coaches and a chance to try telemarking. Highly recommended, you won't get better coaching anywhere. For further details look on the SSE website. Contact Alistair Westell.
Sat/Sun 3/4th Cambridge Following this years successful weekend we are planning another one next year. On Saturday there will be a cycle ride around Rutland Water followed on Sunday by a roller ski tour on the superb Cambridge cycleway. Contact Martin Appleby.
DATE TBA Outdoor First Aid. One of our members has offered to give a talk on
this important subject. Anyone who is interested should contact a committee
member as soon as possible.
RACING In summer, rollerski racing takes place at a number of venues throughout the country. Anyone interested can find out more from www.gb-raceroll.org.uk Click here for details of GB ROLLERSKI RACE CALENDAR 2013.
SNOWSPORT ENGLAND (SSE) During the summer, the Nordic Key Committee organises weekend rollerski courses with top class coaches. We urge club members of all standards to attend at least one of them.
Sat/Sun 5/6th October LANCASTER SSE Course, Contact Michael and Helen Smith (via Martin Appleby).
Proficiency Awards. For those interested in taking SSE Proficiency Awards, contact Martin Appleby. (click here for more details of Proficiency Awards)
YDCCSC members also take part in the events of the other SSE affiliated clubs and they in ours.
All the clubs take part in SSE nordic events and training courses.
You can view their websites for event details by going to our Other Clubs page for a Link.
The club always welcomes new suggestions for club activities.